Novak Djokovic Bio, News and Gossip

  • Novak Djokovic Biography: Began playing at age four and made his pro debut at 16...Nicknamed Nole...Father, Srdjan and mother, Dijana own a pizzeria and pancake restaurant on a mountain in Serbia for last 15 years...He and his family opened a restaurant in Belgrade in April 2009 called "Novak"...Father, uncle and aunt were all professional skiers and his father was also an excellent soccer player...His father wanted him to be a soccer player or skier but excelled in tennis at an early age...Credits his family as inspiration for giving him so much support and says he wouldn’t be able to be where he is without their help...Younger brothers Marko (born Aug. 20, 1991) and Djordje (born July 17, 1995) are both in school and play tennis...Idol growing up was Pete Sampras...At age 12, attended Niki Pilic Academy in Munich and practiced there for almost two years before returning to Belgrade...Speaks Serbian, Italian, German and English. Favorite surface is hard courts but considers himself an all around player...Best shot is backhand down the line...As a junior, advanced to Australian Open junior singles and doubles SF (w/Jenkins) in 2004...His family invited 50 underprivileged Kosovo-Serb children to Belgrade in September 2007 to be courtside for Serbia-Australia Davis Cup World Group tie... Appeared in September 2007 Vogue Magazine...Named 2006-07 ATP Most Improved Player of Year...Elected to two-year term in June 2008 to ATP Player Council...Works with physiotherapist Milan Amanovic and Gebhard Phil-Gritsch, who used to work with Austrian Thomas Muster...Coached by former ATP pro and Slovak Republic native Marian Vajda (since June 2006).

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